Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Finals set for D-4 at state baseball tournament
APPLETON - Greenwood will play Lake Country Lutheran tomorrow for the Division 4 title at the state high school spring baseball tournament.
Both schools advanced this morning by winning their divisional semifinals near Appleton. Greenwood pounded Wausaukee 11-1 in five innings. Lake Country Lutheran, in its first-ever state tournament, eliminated Potosi 12-0 in six frames. Potosi committed four errors, while Lake Country scored in the first two innings and the last two. B.J. Sabol threw a two-hitter and struck out 13 for Lake County Lutheran, which improved to 24-4. Potosi ended its campaign at 18-8. Greenwood crushed Wausaukee by the mercy rule. Greenwood scored eight runs in the second inning. Booker Bredlau tripled and singled with three RBIs, as Greenwood improved to 15-3. Wausaukee ends its year at 15-7.
The Division 3 semifinals are still be played. Oconto won the first game 4-3 in eight innings over Osseo-Fairchild and Westby is playing Deerfield in the other D-3 semifinal. The D-2 semifinals will be played this evening weather permitting. Ellsworth faces Green Bay Notre Dame and Lodi takes on Waupun.
A redshirt freshman who was projected to be a starter in the Wisconsin football secondary this fall has reportedly transferred. WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh says safety Reggie Mitchell has been released from his scholarship with the UW - and he'll join the Pitt Panthers. Mitchell, a native of the Pittsburgh, impressed the new Badger coaches during the spring practices. Last month, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said he thought Mitchell would open the season as a starting safety along with Dezmen Southward. Southward is the only returning Wisconsin starter in the secondary. The Badgers are also looking to replace the departed Shelton Johnson, Devin Smith, and Marcus Cromartie.
Milwaukee Bucks' center Larry Sanders was named today as one of 27 NBA players invited to try out for the U.S. national men's basketball team. The 6-11 Sanders is about to start his fourth season with the Bucks. He called his selection a major honor - and he has a long way to go to prove that he's worthy of a spot on Team USA. Sanders will attempt a camp in Las Vegas from July 22-25. Coaches will evaluate of the league's rising talent, as they get ready for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
The Milwaukee Brewers will try to control Giancarlo Stanton, when the Crew closes out a series at Miami tonight. Stanton missed just over a month with a bad hamstring until he returned on Monday night. The Marlins' right-fielder is 2-for-8 against the Brewers in his first two games back. That includes a game-winning home run last night, when the Marlins came from behind to beat the Brewers 5-4. The Crew won the series opener on Monday, and they'll try to take the Marlins' series two-games-to-one with a victory in Game-Three. Right-hander Alfredo Figaro will make his third start of the season for Milwaukee. He has no record, and an ERA of just over four. Miami is putting up right-hander Kevin Slowey. He's 2-5 with a 3.77 ERA. Slowey gave up eight homers in his last five starts, while going 0-3 with an ERA of just over eight. He pitched seven scoreless innings of relief in last Saturday's 20-inning marathon in which the Marlins beat the New York Mets. Slowey struck out eight as he got the win in that long contest.
The Beloit Snappers have moved into a virtual first-place tie with Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League's Western Division. The Snappers are in second, just percentage points behind Cedar Rapids. Both have a four-game lead for the division's two first-half playoff spots, even though neither team has clinched a spot yet. Beloit beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-4 last night. Those teams are scheduled to square off again tonight in southern Wisconsin, where heavy thunderstorms are in the forecast. Cedar Rapids plays at Quad Cities tonight. Peoria is at Clinton. Kane County hosts Burlington. East leader South Bend plays at Lansing. Fort Wayne hosts Lake County. Bowling Green is at Dayton. And West Michigan plays at Great Lakes.
The La Crosse Loggers have moved into first place in the South Division of the Northwoods League. The Loggers halted the Eau Claire Express last night, 13-2. La Crosse is 9-5 in the first half, after winning the league title a year ago. Wisconsin and Battle Creek are a half-game back at 8-5. Wisconsin split a double-header with Green Bay last evening, while Battle Creek lost to Wisconsin Rapids 4-1. The fourth-place Lakeshore Chinooks are a game off the pace at 8-6. The Chinooks edged Madison 2-1 last night. Lakeshore travels to Wausau to play the Woodchucks this evening, while Madison hosts Wisconsin Rapids. La Crosse is at home to play Battle Creek. Eau Claire is at Green Bay. In the North Division, Willmar and Waterloo remain tied for the early lead. Waterloo hosts an afternoon contest against Rochester. Willmar is at Mankato. Alexandria entertains Duluth. And Saint Cloud is at Thunder Bay.
The NBA Draft is 15 days away, and the Milwaukee Bucks continue to get a look at possible candidates. Two Milwaukee natives are among six players getting workouts today at the Cousins Center training facility. They are Trey McKinney Jones, who averaged nine points and three rebounds while starting at Miami his senior year. He played his high school ball in South Milwaukee. The Bucks were also scheduled to get a look at Milwaukee native Tony Mitchell, who spent most of his childhood years in Dallas. The 6-9 Mitchell has played two years at North Texas State, averaging 14 points and nine rebounds during that time. He has a seven-foot three-inch wing-span - and because of that, many pundits expect him to go in the first round in the June 27th draft. The Bucks also scheduled workouts today with Long Beach State forward James Ennis - Oklahoma guard Steven Pledger - Memphis forward Adonis Thomas - and Arizona forward Solomon Hill.